Working with Lace

We compiled some tips for you - so get working!

First of all, we recommend you wash the lace textiles before any further processing or at least before first wear. During the dyeing process the laces are washed, so there should be now shrinkage if you keep to the washing instructions.
For storage, we wrap up the laces and place them in packaging no light can reach, but when cutting and rolling the lace - there are many people touching them. We take hygiene very serious, but also 'better safe than sorry'!

Before sewing

Elasticity & Stretching

Keep in mind, unless stated otherwise, elastic lace textiles are only stretchable in one direction: the length.

The 'stretchiness' of the width comes from all the holes of the design. To keep the design clean, take care not to stretch the laces to much.

Two hands holding a blue lace ribbon up in the air and an arrow pointing left and right below

If you are interested in lace textiles that stretch in all directions, then look at our 'Extra Stretch' Laces. These are stretchable in all directions by design.

White lace textiles with rose design and four arrows pointing in all directions

Cutting designs out

There are some laces where you can cut out the design. It is pretty obvious where that is possible without unraveling the whole thing. 

Blue Viscose lace ribbons with cutting lines marked in yellow

Blue, Lilac and White lace ribbons with cutting lines marked in yellow

Setting the scene

If you got yourself some Galloon laces - the ribbons with symmetrical edges - then you may want to the edges into your project. There are several benefits:
- No need to hem the edges
- Some laces have specially reinforced edges, or you can line them yourself, because...
- … some laces have beautifully designed scalloped edges

Ochre and Bordeaux colored lace ribbons laying on the ground showing their scallop edges
Aquamarine colored lace on black background showing the design

Tools for working with lace

Scissors, thin needles (most recommend 60-70 NM) - if you got elastic lace, better use stretch needles.

Woman with back towards camera sewing on a sewing machine

Stitch it

Use zigzag stitch or French stitch and maybe a pattern you can put under the lace textile.
For a more delicate touch, hand sew the laces together.

Zoomed in image of a needle and thread of a sewing machine


Interested in how we produce lace? Take a look at our website and check out our videos of the production hall in Germany!

CHANTY production hall